Bridge: 25 Ways to Be a Better Defender
Defense is the hardest part of playing bridge, but that doesn't mean that it's impossible to learn. In the final book of the bestselling ?25? series, the authors explain how to make a plan as a defender: how to work out from the auction and play what declarer probably has, and which of the strategies available to defenders is likely to be successful. Opening leads, signaling and discarding are all covered in this basic guide to a vitally important topic.
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Leads signals and discards
Opening leads against a notrump contract
Opening leads against a suit contract
Active defense or passive defense?
Lead the right card in the middle of the play
Should you cover an honor lead?
The rule of eleven
Count signals on leads by declarer
Choosing a helpful discard
Counting declarers tricks
Keeping the right cards
Becoming a great defender
Destroying declarers communications
Scoring ruffs on defense
Preserving defensive communications
Building a picture of the closed hands
Attitude signals on partners leads
Counting tricks for the defense
Clues from the bidding
Promoting trump tricks
Playing a forcing defense
Cashing your tricks
Putting declarer to a guess
beat the contract cards lie cash chance CHAPTER club suit club tricks count signal deal declarer holds declarer leads declarer plays declarer will win Declarer wins declarer's diamond suit diamond tricks discard doubleton draw trumps dummy East's finesse four cards give declarer heart game heart suit heart tricks high card jack leads the 4Q look loser low card major suit notrump contract opening lead overruff partner holds partner leads pass all pass pass EAST pass North 3NT pass pass North pass South 1NT play low queen round of clubs round of diamonds round of hearts ruff score three second round side suit singleton sitting East Sitting West slam South 14 South's spade game spade suit suit contract Suppose switch tell partner third round third seat touching honors trump promotion trump trick West leads West North East West pass North West pass pass win the trick winners